Quality Outcomes Report

Read about the spine program's success and review transparent quality data in our 2019 outcomes report.
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Spine Program

We are Maine’s largest and most complete resource for diagnosing and treating spinal problems. Our expert team of physiatrists, physical therapists, physician assistants and nurses works together to:

  • Evaluate and diagnose the cause of your back pain
  • Design a treatment plan that’s tailored to your individual needs and lifestyle 
  • Connect you to the right healthcare professionals to provide treatment
  • Help you take care of your spine so you can live as actively and pain-free as possible

It’s a highly-coordinated approach that ensures you get the care you need, when and where you need it.

While spinal surgery can be an effective treatment—and we can help determine whether you are a candidate for surgery—it's not right for every person with back pain. Unless the spine problem is so severe that surgery is the only option, we always try the most conservative (nonsurgical) treatment measures first.

If back or neck pain is interfering with your ability to enjoy life, it may be time to visit our Spine Program team. Or, if a doctor has recommended surgery for your back problem and you would like a second opinion, let’s talk. You can rest assured that your care is in the best of hands.

Stephanie's Story

Stephanie lived with chronic back pain for a long time. One day her back gave out, and she could not walk, literally. See how surgery at MMC helped her regain quality of life and get back to doing the things she loves, like yoga.

Program Highlights

The Spinal Surgery program has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care.
  • Maine’s largest and most complete resource for diagnosing and managing spinal problems
  • An emphasis on conservative (non-surgical) treatments whenever possible
  • Treatment plans that are personalized to your individual needs and lifestyle
  • A comprehensive network of trusted community-based providers so you are matched with the most appropriate provider and can receive ongoing care close to home
  • Affiliation with northern New England’s largest and most experienced team of neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons so when surgery is necessary, you can see a surgeon quickly and easily
  • A focus on patient education to empower you to get and keep your spine healthy
  • Open, honest communication with you and your entire care team
  • Access to innovative new treatments as part of research studies that MMC is involved in – something no other hospital in Maine can offer

Conditions Treated

These are the spinal problems we see most often:

  • Radiculopathy
  • Sciatica
  • Ruptured (or herniated) disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Osteoarthritis of the spine
  • Osteoporosis.
  • Kyphosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Scoliosis
  • Sports-related spinal injury
  • Trauma

Diagnostic & Treatment

Back pain occurs for many reasons. The first step in treating back or neck pain is to identify exactly what is causing it. So before we can diagnose your condition and design a treatment plan, a complete medical history and physical examination are necessary. This gives us a clearer picture of what’s causing your back or neck problem, and whether additional diagnostic tests are needed. If further tests are needed, we have all the most advanced technology available right here at our center, so everything usually can be done in one visit.

Request an Appointment

Patients: Please contact your primary care physician for a referral prior to scheduling an appointment.
Phone: 207-885-0011

Please note: If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1.

Referring Physicians: To refer a patient to our practice, please call:
Maine Medical Partners - Neurosurgery & Spine
Phone: 207-885-0011

Our Address:
Maine Medical Partners - Neurosurgery & Spine
49 Spring Street
Scarborough, ME  04074